We were given a marrow, a vegetable that I am not that confident with. We made stuffed marrow rings, and I didn’t get it right, so you’ll need to wait for a more successful version. Just to say that the marrow was not well-cooked. The redeeming feature was this stew, which I made to be the stuffing. We ended up eating it with couscous.
- 250g chicken
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 250g mushrooms
- vegetable oil
- 1 can chopped tomatos
- 500ml stock
- 2 tsp cornflour (I mixed marigold stock powder with the cornflour before adding water)
- salt and pepper
- a good pinch of paprika
- a good handful of chopped mint and dill (or 1 tsp each of dried mint and dill)
- Prepare all the ingredients. Chop the chicken into small pieces. Chop the onion finely. Core the pepper, remove the seeds and slice. Prepare the mushrooms and slice coarsely.
- Heat the oil in a casserole dish, and when it is hot, gently fry the onion and peppers until soft.
- Add the chicken and mushroom, and fry for a further 4 minutes or so until the chicken is sealed.
- Meanwhile, mix a little stock with the cornflour to make a smooth paste, and then add the paste back to the stock and mix.
- Add the tomatoes to the chicken in the pan, and bring to a simmer
- Add the stock, paprika, salt and pepper and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until the stew starts to thicken.
- Cover the casserole and cook in a moderate oven for 20 minutes max.
Serve with couscous and garnished with chopped herbs, such as parsley and dill.
We are about to go on holiday to Istanbul, so I was looking at Turkish recipes. This caught my eye, as I had a couple of green peppers from Tagsa Uist Grow your Community at East Camp. Very tasty, very easy.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 small onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 small green peppers, halved, seeded and sliced.
- 2 dried chilli peppers, crushed
- 400g can of chopped tomatoes
- 4 eggs
- Could include herbs such as thyme, oregano, spices such as cumin
- chopped parsley
- Sour cream or greek yoghurt
- Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan, and add the onions, then the garlic, and then the pepper and chillies. Fry slowly until the onions are soft.
- Add the tomatoes and any additional herbs and spices, and simmer slowly to reduce the mixture. Season with salt and pepper
- Make 4 holes in the mixture, and into each hole, crack an egg. Cover the pan and cook slowly for around 5 minutes to cook the eggs. (You can scramble the eggs into the mixture as an alternative.)
- Beat the yogurt or sour cream with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle the menemen with parsley, and serve from the pan with the yoghurt or sour cream.
This is an Elizabeth David recipe, and it is a classic. I made it because one lot of neighbours had grown some splendid green peppers in their polytunnel, and another lot have the most fantastic free-range eggs. This serves 2, but it is easy to scale up the recipe according to the availability of ingredients, or number of people to feed.
- olive oil
- One small onion, finely sliced
- 3 green peppers, cut into strips
- 1 can organic chopped tomatoes (or, even better, use 500g fresh locally grown tomatoes, skinned and chopped)
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- Salt, pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Heat a generous amount of oil or dripping in a large frying pan, and then cook the sliced onion until it begins to turn yellow.
- Add the strips of green pepper, and cook on medium for up to 15 minutes.
- Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, garlic, and salt and pepper. Some people add a little basil at this stage as well.
- Cook until the tomatoes are in a pulp, and the mixture is good and thick.
- Add the beaten eggs and stir until the mixture begins to thicken, like scrambled eggs.
Serve on a heated dish. This is good with toast and bacon or ham.